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Glittered Spun-Cotton Cupcake Ornament

One of our favorite desserts is reimagined in this handmade ornament—spun cotton ball is treated with paint, sprinkled with glitter, and topped off with a cherry.

glitter spun cotton cupcake ornament

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2018


We've got just the thing for a starter tree: a box of handmade ornaments so delectable, they'll conjure visions of sugarplums. And because they're crafted from shatterproof spun cotton—coated in craft paint, then glitter—you can gift a full set knowing they'll stand the test of time (and pets, and toddlers).


For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of DIY Ornaments.


  • 1 spun-cotton ball, 45 millimeters (Pictured: Smile Mercantile spun cotton balls, 45 mm, $6.50 for 8,

  • Craft glue

  • Iridescent white and red glitter

  • 2 paintbrushes

  • Pink and red craft paint

  • Gold mini-muffin cup (Pictured: Party City mini baking cups, in Gold, $2 for 75,

  • 1 spun-cotton ball, 14 millimeters (Pictured: Smile Mercantile spun cotton balls, 14 mm, $4.50 for 24,

  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

  • Gold-filled wire, for hanging (Pictured: Fire Mountain Gems 12-karat-gold-filled wire, $6.50 for 5 ft.,


  1. Apply craft glue liberally to top of 45-millimeter ball. Let glue drip down sides of ball; move it around to control shape of "frosting." Sprinkle white iridescent glitter on glue; let dry.

  2. Paint area of ball under "frosting" with pink craft paint; let dry. Apply craft glue to bottom of ball and adhere in muffin cup; let dry.

  3. Paint 14-millimeter ball with red craft paint; let dry. Apply glue with a paintbrush, then sprinkle with red glitter; let dry. Hot-glue small ball to top of bigger ball; hold to let it set. Poke hole in small ball with wire. Remove wire, add a spot of glue, and reinsert; let dry.

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